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Now that we know Riddick is getting a third movie, the big question is… what the heck will it be about? The first one introduced us to the character as a captured criminal with freaky eyesight who reluctantly helps a group of humans survive after their spaceship crashes on a hostile world. The second one took Riddick on a galaxy-spanning, epic adventure with a gobbledeegook plot. They’ve already promised the third one will be more in the mold of the first one, simpler and stripped down. So what does that mean?
THR offers this clue.
Though billed as a back-to-basics approach to the character popularized by Diesel, the script features the character -- the most wanted man in the galaxy -- left for dead on a barren alien planet, dealing with "trisons" (three-legged bisons) and "mud demons." He must then contend with two squads of bounty hunters, one of which ride rockets called jetcycles.
If you’ve seen the previous two Riddick movies, that may sound familiar. The very best part of the second movie, Chronicles of Riddick, plays out in much the same way with Riddick stranded on a barren ice planet, on the run from a group of bounty hunters. It’s a brilliantly staged sequence, easily the best of the film. It’s so good that the rest of the movie never really lives up to the promise of what happens there, with Riddick on foot, pursued by bounty hunters in spacecraft and then turning the tables on them to become the hunter himself. It’s soon lost in intergalactic intrigue which never works quite as well. Taking that one, perfect sequence from the second film and turning it into an entire movie is a great move. Get excited. This could be awesome.